Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Share the Load

If you're anything like me, you find yourself taking on more and more responsibilities each day. It's not enough for you to be the primary parent at home. You're the one who prepares and takes the children to school. You've gotten up early to fix breakfast and pack school lunches. Now you're rushing off to work. After a long work day, you're the one who picks the children up from school and takes them to their extracurricular activities.  What about dinner? You're the one who prepares the family dinner and helps the children with their homework. You can't help but to say "Yes" to your family.

What about things outside the home? When someone needs something done at work, your supervisor comes straight to you. You wonder why he didn't ask your co-worker who has been there just as long as you have. Your neighbor tells you that she's planning a baby shower for her daughter-n-law and says she's needs you help planning to shower. You get asked to help a friend develop a budget. Someone asks you to join a committee or ministry. People know that you are committed and that you have a heart to help others. People know that you're a "Yes" girl.

You put more and more on yourself. When do you get a break? When do you relax? When do you connect with God? The more you say "Yes," the more you lose yourself. That's not what God intends for you.

God does not intend for you to take on more and more responsibilities by yourself. God intends for you to have help along this life's journey. No one can stand alone and endure all that this life throws at us. There is someone designed to share the load with you. You must remain open to hearing the voice of God and knowing how to accept the help that is offered to you.

Accepting help doesn't make you weak. Instead, it keeps you strong enough to continue life's journey. Even great leaders require help.   Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone." - Moses 18: 17-18. Before Moses' father-in-law showed up, Moses was shouldering the weight of his people on his own. His wise counsel advised him to share the load to avoid burn out.

Guess what? Moses, the great leader that he was, took the advice of his father-in-law and found individuals to assist him with carrying out his mission. There are people willing to assist you too. Are you willing to release some of your control? Are you willing the accept help? Are you willing to listen to the voice of God and share to load?

I'm learning to accept help and I pray that you will too!

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